A number of athletics events took place over the weekend of Friday 10th May to Sunday 12th May at Swansea, Aberystwyth, Llanelli and Trap with Harriers members among those taking part. Here's a summary of what went on across West and South Wales...
West Wales Outdoor Athletics Championships 2019 - Swansea University 11/05/19
The West Wales Regional Outdoor Track & Field Athletics Championships went to a sunny Swansea University Athletics Track in 2019 on Saturday. Having been held in Neath 12 months ago, it was the turn of the University campus facility to host this time round which has already welcomed a number of fixtures so far since the start of April. The conditions were ideal for running a new personal best on the track or improving on distances and heights on the field.
There was another big entry total of almost 300 competitors from the region's clubs and many of those made the journeys from Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Llanelli AC, Swansea Harriers and Neath Harriers and they were joined by a few guest representatives from outside the region.
29 Carmarthen Harriers vests were out on show; A total medal tally of...15 gold, 16 silver and 5 bronze medals equalling 36. That's 10 more than the finishing number picked up in Neath in May 2018.
Read the Full Report which includes results from Swansea by CLICKING HERE
Cystadleuaeth Traws Gwlad Gwyl Cynradd Yr Urdd - Aberystwyth 11/05/19
Dydd Sadwrn 11eg Mai, gwnaeth Gwyl Chwaraeon Gynradd a drefnwyd gan yr Urdd, dychwelyd i gaeau Blaendolau yn Aberystwyth gyda nifer fawr o ysgolion yn cymryd rhan. Ar brynhawn Dydd Sadwrn, fe wnaeth gystadleuaeth traws gwlad digwydd o flaen torf gefnogol fawr yn yr haul i fechgyn a merched ym mlynyddoedd 3 i 6.
Llongyfarchiadau i Ysgol Gymraeg Gynradd Aberaeron ddaeth i'r brig wrth ennill tarian yr ysgolion. Mae'r llun gwaelod hefyd yn dangos tim mawr o Ysgol Y Dderwen, Caerfyrddin.
Bechgyn Blwyddyn 3: 1 Sonny Davis (Aberaeron), 2 Osian Thomas (Y Dderwen), 3 Theo Roberts (Aberystwyth)
Merched Blwyddyn 3: 1 Eva Davies (Llanybydder), 2 Mollie Charlton (Caer Elen), 3 Ffion Jones (Llangadog)
Bechgyn Blwyddyn 4: 1 Rhys James (Y Dderwen), 2 Sean Bevan (Aberystwyth), 3 Joshua Williams (Buttington Trewern)
Merched Blwyddyn 4: 1 Cari Morgan Williams (Aberystwyth), 2 Emian Williams (Llanfihangel y Creuddyn), 3 Gwenan Jones (Y Dderwen)
Bechgyn Blwyddyn 5: 1 Gruff Hamer (Llanfair Caereinion), 2 Kai Rhodes Tenner (Plascrug), 3 Aron Deck (Llanidloes)
Merched Blwyddyn 5: 1 Amelia Williams (Bro Teifi), 2 Maddie Hughes (Llanidloes), 3 Elan Hall (Pencae)
Bechgyn Blwyddyn 6: 1 Evan Roberts (Llanrheadr ym Mochnant), 2 Daniel Warrender (Plascrug), 3 Aron Hedd Jones (Y Dderwen)
Merched Blwyddyn 6: 1 Ana Joyce (Penllwyn), 2 Lotti Peate (Llanfair Ceredigion), 3 Mari Stephens (Castell-Nedd)
Mae'r Canlyniadau o'r penwythnos ar gael ar wefan yr Urdd.
Llanelli Multi-Sport Festival - North Dock, Llanelli 10/05/19 - 12/05/19
It was a successful weekend for the Healthy Life Activities and Welsh Triathlon teams just weeks after the Amman Valley Sprint Triathlon. On May 10th to 12th, 1200 elite and novice competitors took to the roads and to the water in a number of events held at the North Dock in three days.
First up was the Sospan Charity Swim on the Friday evening, before the return of the popular Llanelli Junior Duathlon early on Saturday morning. After also hosting the Llanelli Sospan Sprint Triathlon, Llanelli Open Water Triathlon, Youth events for athletes all across the UK and Llanelli ParaTriathlon, the weekend rounded off with the Llanelli Sprint Triathlon on an ideal and bright morning (378 participants finished here). Each event varied in its distances with the swim, bike and run completed all around the Llanelli area.
The Sprint Triathlon victory in the opening Welsh Triathlon Series of 2019 went to a familiar face in Liam Lloyd who performed in his home town. The Welsh and British triathlete crossed the finish line in 1:06:09 just ahead of second-placed athlete overall Alex Matchett from Pembrokeshire Tri. Look out for these two names as the season progresses up and down the country!
Hannah Munday from the Intelligent Triathlon Training was the first female to come onto the red carpet and into the finish under the Healthy Life Activities inflatable.
We saw a few Carmarthen Harriers members in Llanelli at many of the events and are listed below:
LLANELLI JUNIOR DUATHLON: William Coles MT1 15:08, Soffia-Mai Davies MT1 17:17, Alex Coles MT2 19:28
LLANELLI JUNIOR OPEN WATER TRIATHLON: Daniel Warrender MTS2 25:21, Ifan Bowen MTS3 30:39
SOSPAN TRIATHLON YOUTH ELITE: Eva Edwards YFT1 41:03, Liam Edwards YMT2 39:12
LLANELLI SPRINT TRIATHLON: Guto Morgans MS 1:15:16, Jamie Best M40 1:16:40
Thanks to Noelwyn and Sharon Daniel (Healthy Life Activities) and the Welsh Triathlon Team along with their group of volunteers, marshals and supporters for putting on another great series of events for triathletes.
Event Highlights will be shown on S4C this Friday evening, 17th May at 21:30 with presenter Lowri Morgan.
Full results from every event at Llanelli have been provided by Tri and Enter and can be found on their website by CLICKING HERE
Trap Charity Show 4.7mile and 2.8mile Fun Run - Cennen Arms, Trap 12/05/19
The annual Trap Show Charity Fun Run returned for the 32nd time to the Cennen Arms on Sunday 12th May as many local runners of all ages got involved while raising money for different causes.
The event, started by Ospreys Rugby player Dan Evans, was generously sponsored by local firms Brecon Carreg, Gelli Plant, SJ Griffiths and Son, Morgan Marine Ltd and Hughes Decoraters with generous prizes in all categories plus a T shirt and medals for all finishers.
Whether seasoned club runners or occasional fun runners, from the youngest to oldest participant, there was something on offer for everyone. The event has gone from strength to strength for over 30 years as the sun shone without a single cloud in the sky.
Regardless of the choice of pace, all participants were assured of a rewarding enjoyable day set in a scenic location near the Amman Valley in a friendly atmosphere.
A good turnout again congregated for the 4.7 mile journey around the paths of Trap. The first finisher on Sunday morning was Rob Kestin from Port Talbot Harriers in a time of 27 minutes and 9 seconds. Just thirty seconds further back was the first of the men vets 40 athletes Gareth Davey from Llansamlet (27:43) with Gareth Harries Cwmllynfell coming through for third (29:14)
In the female, Wendy Price Llandovery and Carmarthen Harrier was in fine form in her local event, taking the title this year in a sub 32 minute clocking of 31:48. Amman Valley Harriers' Clara Davies Llandeilo was next in second in 32:32 and Louise Evans Llansadwrn in the third place overall 34:16.
Your category champions in the senior race (4.7) were Rob Kestin Port Talbot Harriers (27:09), Gareth Davey Llansamlet (27:43), Alan Davies Swansea (29:29), Natalie Jones Hendy (36:36), Wendy Price Llandovery (31:48) and Louise Evans Llansadwrn (34:16).
Team Winners for male and female went to the Amman Valley Harriers squad who again turned out in good numbers to support the event.
Ahead of the main 4.7 mile fun run was the 2.8 mile for children of all ages from the year 4 and under right up to Year 9, 10 and 11 category. It was a successful event once again from a Carmarthen Harriers point of view, with the first four overall positions occupied by the Harriers. Iwan Thomas came through to take the victory in 16:59 followed in runner up by Scott Price in 17:10. Completing a one-two-three-four was Ifan Bowen 17:29 and Gwilym Jac Jones (17:38).
Winning age groups athletes were Scott Price Llandovery (17:10), Phoebe Davis Llanfynydd (19:14), Iwan Thomas Burry Port (16:59), Rhiannon Lewis Pantllyn (21:58), Gwilym Jac Jones Brechfa (17:38), Martha Morgan Llandeilo (22:29), Dewi Williams Gwynfe (19:19) and Sara Harries Llandeilo (27:01).
There was also a school team competition with three to score and a prize for the school with the most teams. Taking the primary school shield home were Ysgol Gymraeg Rhydaman (Jac Lloyd, Owain Page and Llew Ifan Thomas) whilst Llandeilo's Ysgol Bro Dinefwr (Scott Price, Charlie Price and Phoebe Davis) were the secondary school victors.
The prize for school with most teams was in 2019 shared between Ysgol Ffairfach, Llandeilo CP and Ysgol Bro Dinefwr - all from the Llandeilo area.
Full results from both 4.7 mile and 2.8 mile can be found on the Online Race Website by CLICKING HERE